PINEHURST, N.C. – Richard Powell led the King men's golf team to a third place finish while the women maintained their fifth place standing as the 2012 Conference Carolinas Golf Championships concluded from Pinehurst, N.C. on Tuesday. Both teams fought through unfavorable and windy conditions at the Pinehurst Country Club to end the season.
The Tornado finished in third place overall with a three-round score of 907 (297-298-312). Richard Powell (Hixson, Tenn.) was the model of consistency, shooting his second straight round of 73 of the tournament to turn in an 18-hole average of 73.25. The junior finished second overall among the 51-man field with a 220 (74-73-73) final score.
Senior Adrian Kibsey (Winnipeg, Manitoba) finished inside the top-10, tying for eighth overall. Like many others who battled the weather, Kibsey's score rose from day one to day two as the senior posted an 81 in the third round. He finished with a three-round score of 226 (72-73-81).
Josh Bamberger (232), Lee Whitehead (234), and Ross Maietta (237) rounded out the King scorecard to lead to an overall team three-round score of 907.
The men's team entered the final round in first place but the Coker College men's team came out with a third round 285, besting their previous round by 23 strokes and jumping five spots to take the team title. Barton College finished in second place as a team, shooting an 899, leading to King's third place finish. North Greenville University's Adam Black shot a third-round 67 to come from the bottom of the pack and earn the individual course win (217).
The Lady Tornado maintained their fifth place spot after their second and final round of the Golf Championships. Junior Esther Gandarias (Madrid, Spain) was one of very few in the field whose score fell despite the weather affecting play dramatically throughout the day. She shot a second-round 81, the fourth-best round of the day by anyone in the tournament, to complete a two-day score of 163 (82-81). She finished in a tie for sixth overall in the tournament.
King saw two others finish inside the top 25 of the women's championship. Freshman Anna Walker (Marion, Va.) finished in a tie for 18th overall with a 173 (90-83) while improving her second day score by seven strokes. Cortnee Young finished in a tie for 23rd overall, shooting 84-91-175.
3 - King College (297 298 312 907)
2 - Richard Powell (74-73-73-220)
T8 - Adrian Kibsey (72-73-81-226)
27 - Josh Bamberger (74-76-82-232)
T33 - Lee Whitehead (82-76-76-234)
T39 - Ross Maietta (77-77-83-237)
5 - King College (345 354 699)
T6 - Esther Gandarias (82-81-163)
T18 - Anna Walker (90-83-173)
T23 - Cortnee Young (84-91-175)
36 - Kerby Jones (89-99-188)
T40 - Malorie McBride (97-100-197)